William & Mary to Cut Swimming & Diving After 2020-21 Season

William & Mary University made the decision to cut men’s and women’s swimming & diving, among five other sports, after the 2020-21 academic year, the school announced in a letter on Thursday. The school will also be cutting Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics; Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field; and Women’s Volleyball.

“So many of us who work in intercollegiate athletics do so with a singular purpose: to impact the lives of our student-athletes,” Athletic Director Samantha K. Huge said in a statement. “On most every other day, we are working tirelessly to enhance their experience at William & Mary, and that is why today is so difficult to know that our decision — while necessary — is devastating for our students.

“As a department, we simply can no longer continue on an unsustainable financial trajectory. We will do everything that we can for the impacted student-athletes and coaches, and

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College Football Holds Its Breath as Season Approaches

Elwanda Tulloch

Alabama recently reported 1,200 positive COVID-19 tests among its students.

Auburn returned to practice Monday without 16 football players for virus-related reasons.

Iowa, while taking a Big Ten-ordered pandemic pause from games, called off all athletic practices because of a virus spike until Sept. 7.

Notre Dame just announced only students, players’ families, faculty and staff will be permitted inside its stadium on game day. 

Kansas will play football without any fans. 

In a virus-free world, the Michigan-Washington game would have been played Saturday.

OK, what football season?

As the college game pushes toward the FBS season openers on Thursday — roughly 60 percent of the teams are pursuing games while the others are sitting out the season — the novel coronavirus is still not cooperating. 

There remains a general sense that while the coming NCAA season will launch for most of the 76 hard-liners over the next month, it’s

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Rutgers mailbag: When could basketball season start? What will Greg Schiano do without fall football?

Elwanda Tulloch

It’s been a while.

Now that the Big Ten’s decision to postpone the fall football season has mostly settled in – well, maybe not in Nebraska – and a decision on the basketball season remains a few weeks away, it’s a good time for another Rutgers mailbag, this one power exclusively with questions from Rutgers Sports Insider text messaging subscribers.

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Let’s get to it …

How about an update on Rutgers men’s basketball? Are they allowed into the RAC to work out (Geo Baker has the keys right)? — Chris K.

The program has been back on campus and working out at the APC in Piscataway for a few weeks now. I believe almost all players – if not the entire team – are back by now and participating

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Questions raised as students leave campus with the 2020 college football season approaching

Elwanda Tulloch

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Think about one of the biggest criticisms of big-time college athletics before the COVID-19 pandemic: Players are isolated from the student body, tucked away in the athletic facility spending more time on their sport than their major. Critics even used the word “bubble” to describe the world in which they lived.

Now for your weekly measure of coronavirus surrealism: A bubble might be the only thing that saves college football.

Not through any strategic planning, mind you. It might be all that’s left to try given the circumstances.

This week, three teams playing in the ACC this year (Notre Dame, North Carolina, NC State) either sent students home or paused in-person classes because of COVID-19 outbreaks.

That’s just a sample. UCLA has “drastically” reduced on-campus housing due to the virus. The Chronicle of Higher Education counted

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Big Ten working on plan that could start its college football season in early January, per report

Elwanda Tulloch

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When the Big Ten announced it was canceling its fall season, it said that it hoped to hold the season in the spring. Well, the conference might not even wait that long.

The Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel reports that the Big Ten has been working on a revised schedule that would begin in early January. The report cites multiple sources within the conference, saying that the Big Ten is now concentrating on starting the season as early as possible.

It’s a report that coincides with Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour telling reporters earlier in the week that the league could release a new schedule within a week or so.

The reported reason the Big Ten has decided to start the season as soon as possible is that it wants to have its season finished before the

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Syracuse confident but wary as football season nears

Elwanda Tulloch

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Syracuse coach Dino Babers has had to cope with three missed practices as he tries to get the Orange ready for a football season during a pandemic.

So far, so good.

“They’ve handled it well. We froze practice until we cleaned it up,” Babers said. “I feel like the atmosphere here and the safety things that we’re trying to get done for our players are really, really good. I think we have the right format. You just hope that all this stuff continues.”


Athletic director John Wildhack said the team would test players three times a week during the season. That announcement a week ago came after players sat out two practices to discuss testing protocols.

“We know what we’re doing on our end,” senior tight end/defensive lineman Chris Elmore said. “Just not having any idea what

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